George Bush’s assistant for Economic Policy Al Hubbard describes in a 2005 cable a remarkable encounter in which the then-French President Nicolas Sarkozy described himself as ‘Sarkozy the American’, who ‘recognised himself’ in America’s values.
IDENTIFYING WITH AMERICA’S VALUES ——————————— 5. (C) “They call me ‘Sarkozy the American,‘” he said, “they consider it an insult, but I take it as a compliment.” Sarkozy stressed how much he “recognized himself” in America’s values. He recalled how as a boy, he told his father that he wanted to grow up to be president. He said his Hungarian-born father retorted, “In that case, go to America — because with a name like Sarkozy, you’ll never make it here.” Proving that wrong, Sarkozy said, was a touchstone for his efforts both to succeed and to transform France into a place where “outsiders” like him could also enjoy opportunity untrammeled by prejudice. Comment: Very much unlike nearly all other French political figures, Sarkozy is viscerally pro-American. For most of his peers the U.S. is a sometimes reviled or admired, but decidedly foreign, other. Sarkozy identifies with America; he sees his own rise in the world as reflecting an American-like saga. End Comment.
This loyalty was rewarded with CIA assistance during the 2012 French Elections. After first reviewing the ‘value that [Sarkozy] places on the continuation of [his] party’s dominance’, they went about investigating all aspects of rival parties’ political sphere of influence – with their finances, internal relationships, foreign allies, support bases and leader profiles all probed for potential strengths and weaknesses.
An espionage order for ‘Non Ruling Political Parties and Candidates Strategic Election Plans’ targeted the strategies and internal dynamics of Sarkozy’s UMP rivals the Front National and the Socialist Party – who went on to win the election.
The espionage orders are classified and restricted for US eyes only (NOFORN) due to “Friends-on-Friends sensitivities”. Naturally, the CIA anticipated that America’s oldest ally would not react sympathetically to such a brazen intrusion into domestic French politics.
Under Sarkozy’s UMP, the US knew that they they had a French ally that would enact policies favourable to US financial interests in Europe – however, they make it clear in the document introduction that the UMP are ‘not assured of winning the presidential election’, and indeed, the bookies’ favourites went on to lose to Hollande’s Socialist Party. This meant that it was also necessary for the CIA to gauge the relationships and views of UMP insiders, including Sarkozy himself, in order to determine the future stance of the party that served as a US accomplice for so long.
The document details an inquest into party funding sources. The Front National, which embodies protectionist economic policies that the US views as antagonistic, alongside pledges to end the ostracism of Russia that in France has been the mainstream political stance for so long, had a loan called-in after the bank in question, First Czech Russian Bank (FCRB), was investigated by the US House of Representatives Select Committee of Intelligence. Leader Marine Le Pen ultimately self-funded the rest of her campaign after she failed to obtain credit from other commercial banks, who rejected her party due to external pressure.
The CIA ‘closely watched the Socialist primaries’ that saw Francois Hollande emerge victorious before going on to win the Presidential elections six months later. Their concern was well-placed in this case as socialist Hollande ultimately became the the only major European leader to be pessimistic toward the coveted TTIP deal that was pursued enthusiastically under the leadership of Obama.
This year’s Presidential elections in France will no doubt be presenting a headache for the American deep state, with polling currently predicting a lead for the independent candidate Emmanuel Macron followed by the far-right Front National. Both of which have never come close to assuming power in France until now.
Wikileaks Decrypted | CIA Espionage Orders for French 2012 Elections